This video captures so much of what I love about the country and its lifestyle. Ivy Chiu is the filmmaker, and her journeys throughout Peru took her through many of the same places I trekked: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Huacachina, Paracas, and a 5-day trek on Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. Whew.
It’s clear from Chiu’s video that Peru can really be a natural playground for adventure-lovers. But for the novice traveller, it’s often not easy to navigate the country alone. If you’re coming here for the sole purpose of seeing Machu Picchu, hiring a hiking trekking guide in Peru is the best way to do it safely. The multi-day hike along the Inca Trail is highly recommended, and witnessing one of the Wonders of the World at sunrise is something you’ll never forget. Spend some time in Cusco on your journey as well – it’s a fantastic gateway city.
Another favourite bit from the video: there’s a lot of food porn! Bottles of Inca cola, bowls of ceviche (a raw fish dish), guinea pig (seriously), grilled chicken, corn nuts, and more. My favourite was definitely the ceviche, but I wasn’t entirely sold on the guinea pig. For your own foodie experience, you can try out a Peru food tour with an experienced guide who will take you off the touristy grid and into the local scene. It especially helps if you don’t know the language.